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T.I.C. visits RMA in Rwanda

6 April 2017

T.I.C.'s Director, Roland Chavasse, gives President of the Rwanda Mining Association (RMA), Jean Malic Kalima, a membership certificate for 2017.

During a visit to Rwanda the T.I.C.'s Director, Roland Chavasse, and President of the Rwanda Mining Association (RMA), Jean Malic Kalima, met in the capital Kigali to discuss areas of mutual interest and explore the opportunities for working closely together in the future.

T.I.C. member Cronimet Central Africa AG, majority owner of the major Kigali-based tantalite, cassiterite and wolframite (3T) processer MSA, also participated with RMA and T.I.C. in discussions around the possibility of holding a General Assembly in the city. The Executive Committee of the T.I.C. are expected to decide on the venue of the 2018 conference in the next few months.

The Rwandan mineral sector has recently undergone a restructuring with the work previously undertaken by the Geology and Mines Department (GMD) being transferred to the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, a newly established statutory body to oversee and coordinate all the exploration and mining-related activities in the country. In January, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said that new geological surveys indicate that Rwanda could be rich with previously unknown deposits of minerals.

The RMA joined the T.I.C. as an associate member in 2016 and is the organ in charge of promotion of minerals exploitation and Mining Business in Rwanda. The RMA was established in August 2012 to represent the interests of mining companies in Rwanda. Its members are involved in mining tantalum and niobium minerals, and also minerals containing tungsten, tin, beryllium, lithium and rare earth elements. 

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